Articles by Adam Perlmutter

The Descendents’ Stephen Egerton: Pop-Punk Papa

October 18, 2016
How the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Jeff Beck, stripped-down 6-strings, classical training, high-gain amps, and the rush of survival helped fuel the bands’ first album in 12 years.
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Charlie Hunter’s Impossible Mission

September 22, 2016
How a monster musician fine-tuned his ability to play bass, guitar, rhythm, and melodies—and tell one-liners—all at the same time.
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Rich Robinson’s Sounds of the South

August 11, 2016
A song-based guitar hero with deep blues and classic-rock roots uses open tunings, big riffs, iconic instruments, and studio spontaneity to define himself on Flux.
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Cowboy Jazz: Corey Christiansen

August 9, 2016
The Utah State University director of jazz studies takes us inside his latest quest to form a fresh musical crossbreed.
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American Babies: Tom Hamilton’s Inspirational Playground

July 5, 2016
The Philly-based guitarist approached his band’s fourth album as a workshop for improvisational songwriting and unconventional sounds.
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Michael Daves: Bluegrass’ Jekyll and Hyde

June 21, 2016
This NYC guitarist goes trad acoustic and buck-wild electric on his edgy new double album, Orchids and Violence, pushing the roots envelope and igniting a bonfire of vintage fretboards and modern fuzztones.
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Bombino: Fretboard Freedom Fighter

June 7, 2016
Seeking liberation by blending West African roots with Western rock, the Tuareg guitarist discusses the rippling, distinctive tones and tunes on his new album, Azel.  
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Elegantly Simple: Lake Street Dive’s Michael Olson

April 6, 2016
With his spare approach, bare-bones chording, conservatory training, and improviser’s ear, the guitarist known as “McDuck” gives his rising quartet wings.
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John Jorgenson: Many Moods, Magic Fingers

March 22, 2016
On his epic triple-disc set, Divertuoso, the multi-instrumentalist dives deep into bluegrass, jazz manouche, hot-rod country, and instrumental rock.
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Jazz Innovator: Liberty Ellman

March 4, 2016
An emerging 6-string titan on developing his distinct style and sound, fanning the flames of inspiration, composing and improvising, and his cool guitar collection.
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PRS SE A15AL Alex Lifeson Review

February 12, 2016
PRS honors the Rush guitarist with a slim, nimble, and fast-playing flattop.
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Tortoise’s Jeff Parker and Doug McCombs: Slow ’n’ Steady

January 14, 2016
On the 25-year evolution of the daring rock ensemble, blending genres, trading instruments, and coming out of their all-instrumental shell.
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Mark Goldenberg and Eric Skye: Acoustic Aerialists

January 5, 2016
Two fingerstyle virtuosos blend lush tones, artful compositions, and low-key comedy with a cool-headed conversational approach.
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Faith FNCETB Neptune Baby Jumbo Cutaway/Electro Review

December 11, 2015
Boutique design touches and silky playability distinguish this Baby Jumbo from the mid-price pack.
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D’Angelico Gramercy SG200 Grand Auditorium Review

November 16, 2015
D’Angelico’s foray into flattops yields a stylish grand auditorium model.
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Mary Halvorson: There’s Something About Mary

October 20, 2015
A passion for Hendrix, Ornette Coleman, and a Guild archtop paired with a Rat and a delay fuel the avant guitarist’s fiery solo debut, Meltframe.
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Michael Kelly Triad 10E 10-String Review

October 6, 2015
Michael Kelly streamlines the 12-string concept, delivering dazzlingly complex sounds at an attractive price.
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Guild M-140E Review

September 21, 2015
This concert-sized flattop offers all-solid construction, slick playability, and quality electronics in a more affordable package.
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Tommy Emmanuel: In the Zone

August 27, 2015
The fingerstyle sensei describes how he approaches playing solo acoustic guitar and what it took to make his childhood dreams come true.
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B.C. Rich BCR6 Acoustic Review

July 30, 2015
B.C. Rich honors its acoustic origins with a fancy but affordable dreadnought.
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